Sunday, March 19, 2006

Legend of Zelda

Well, here's my second series of paintings (three all together) I'm doing for this year's I Am 8-bit Show.

I picked Ledend of Zelda because this is actually the second game I ever got for the NES. Oh the harsh Pennsylvania winter of 1986 was warmed by searching a new world filled with little weird creatures lurking about bushes and tombstones.

The game was amazing, but another really cool thing were the illustrations from the manual. They looked like a Disney cartoon I have never seen! There was this little blond-haired kid )who looked like me) killing bats and searching though dungeons.

I wanted to try something new for this piece so I tried lots of rendering techniques and color comps:

I finally settled on this one:

The final "Antique Link" is (5.5. X 9") acrylic on spruce:

I was only going to do one painting but I really liked how Link turned out so I decided to do 4 small (5x5") paintings on partical board post ends. I drew the ideas on little post-its:

I scanned them in and tightened them up:

Here's the final paintings:

Would you buy paintings like these for 50 bucks?

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Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Dude, all your stuff is awesome!!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Crew Hudson said...

Man, these are amazing!
Thanks for making my day

9:48 PM  
Blogger Clay Sisk said...

YES! Zelda was my second game too! I also remember looking at those illustrations and wondering where the heck I could see it! You're speaking my language Gabe! Awesome stuff!


11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are great Gabe, and if I in fact had an extra $50 to my name I wouldn't mind spending it at all on a super-cool Zelda painting like one of these.

From one huge Nintendo fan to another let me just say that I am in astonishment of all of your takes on these various characters. I would also kill to see some great little bits of Nintendo animation in this style from you in the future too.

Great blog you have started here, can't wait to see what kooky stuff you cook up next.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Jay D Smith said...

i would if i had 50 bucks!!!

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't currently have $50 to spend on that, but at some point I will. I'd buy something like that for that amount, but I'd rather have one with Mode7 art on it.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would buy 2 if they were only $50.

12:02 PM  
Blogger SeƱor Chips said...

referring to my comment on your last post that was removed: I told you so, Blogger doesn't seem to like mario. I don't think you will have anymore trouble posting pics as long as they aren't mario based. I would like to see what you can do with Bomberman. Great Stuff!

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To my oldest son.
WOW!! You are so amazing!! I know now that you can do ANYTHING with pen/pencil, paint/brush. I'm so darn proud, I'm about to burst!!!
Congrats with your blog!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Wow, there's a lot longer line-up of artists than there were on the original show.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Gabe Swarr said...

Actually Pringle, Blogger has problems posting anything that isn't Mario, for you see, the post that I was having problems with was this post, Zelda.

Maybe I should only post Mario stuff from now on...

Bomberman is keen though--good and explodey!

Aw Mom, I knew you would like my blog because I'm your favorite son!

The artshow has really grown, in fact there will be 1000 artists by next year...

1:45 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I sure would, if I had that kind of money :P

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok how long until the good stuff is posted? like that cartoon of TMBG's "for science?" hmmmm... oh wait... maybe transformers? nah.. i know - GOOBER STORIES? (there's too many of them...

1:52 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Ha! Gabe, your blog is the greatest ever. See, you cover all the important things: Mario, Zelda, ...Mario.

Your latest Zelda paintings are pretty funny; 'especially the one where he's pouring syrup on the like-like thing. It'd be a shame to separate these since they look rad as hell all grouped together. 'Just my take, but you ought to sell them as a set.

'Seen these yet?

Hahaha, LOOK!! He's dead on the back of the pillow!! 'Figured you might be interested.

See ya!
-Sue K

11:40 AM  
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11:40 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

Gabe, I never get tired of your stuff, it's SO awesome! Man, I wish I had 50 bucks..being poor sucks.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Jin Lee said...

love your work! i have a question, what paint(acrylic,quache,oil,etc.) are you using?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

I need to see more bro!!! Your paintings are super inspirational. We actually meet you breifly at Comic-con last year after your panel on pitching!!

I've actually started painting recently aswell, well in the last 2 years, sounds like you've had the same issues as me, trying to learn to paint is fun but painful at the same time. Some of my stuff can be seen on my site I'd be keen to hear your thoughts bro!!


4:12 PM  
Blogger scottc said...

dear gabe bro.
these paintings RULE. i love homie's mouth on that last one. with the rosey cheeks on either side. so sweet and weird.
i am hoping to see these in person. with stapley.
sincerely, scottc

9:16 AM  
Blogger scottc said...

p.s. i would also like to touch them. they look like they would be an enjoyable touching experience.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude i would give away my left foot for one of your paintings. if you'll ever be able to ship 'em to sweden, be sure to give me a ring and ill buy one off faster than you can say "its peanut butter jelly time"

cheers and keep on creating and mast--

-almir, the gentle swede

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever since I saw your Super Mario World piece - it finally hit me how far videogames have come along..!

Your stuff is really great - inspired me to do some retro-style Marios myself.. still working on them.. heh.

Anyways - keep up the drawings and paintings - looking forward to "i am 8-bit"


1:28 AM  
Blogger Dagan Moriarty said...


YES, i SURELY would!


9:30 PM  
Blogger pixeljam said...

Hi. Your stuff is awesome!!! I love the zelda paintings so much.

if you'd like to see something funy, here's a little thing I did about pac man when I was around 9 or 10 (I'm 33 now):

Thanks for making great video game art.


4:38 PM  
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